It’s the best time of the year

interior,7 November 2018

Maksettu kaupallinen yhteistyö Ellos:n kanssa// Paid collaboration with Ellos

When it comes to holidays, Christmas is my number one holiday. It’s all about dreams, hopes, togetherness and peace. The most important things in life I think, but it’s also the perfect mental goal to survive these dark months before Christmas. Something to look forward to and plan for.

Writing this post and going through the pages at Ellos, really puts me in the perfect pre-Christmas mood. Creating a cozy, inspiring and most of all inviting environment is extremely valuable and important to me. Especially, since I’m brought up in a home where my mother has made a big effort when it comes to home decor. It’s a part of my childhood I remember clearly. My mother is one of those mums who really enjoyed pimping the home for holidays, therefore I want to do the same for my children and of course myself.

Since I’m obsessed with interior design and esthetics in general, I thought I’d make some mood boards for you to get inspired by. My Christmas colors are not only the classic Christmas colors, but I love to mix soft pink with burgundy and different colors of grey. Details in brass brings warmth into the home, so that is for sure a very important detail I like.

These mood boards mirror exactly how I’ve built my entire interior at home. I have a few tips that I use myself, to change up our interior into a cozier more winter-ish environment. For example, I love to keep the base light, but exchange our sheets for charcoal colored sheets. It instantly gives a completely different feeling. Also, rich velvet makes everything feel much softer and more luxurious. Heavier materials and tones as well as more fabric in general, is what I opt for. So easy and effortless but makes a huge difference!

I just had to include this white (comes in other colors as well) bed vail, since I have it myself, and it is the eye catcher of my children’s room. I put it over my children’s bunk bed, but it works just as well over any bed, couch or in a cozy fairy tale corner. This is a must-have!

Gifts are of course a big part of Christmas and I love that, but sometimes it’s difficult to know what to buy, since so many of us have everything we need and more. Nevertheless, I love giving and I love giving things that are luxurious and usable at the same time. My go-to gifts are sheets, new crisp and soft towels, table linen, candles, soap and so on. Gifts like these never fail and even the smallest gifts become so much nicer in a nice wrapping. This year, I’m going to order this gorgeous grey wrapping paper and tie a pine tree branch with gold and red velvet ribbon.

Find everything on my mood boards along with much more here at the Ellos Christmas department! Do like me, and do yourself a favor and order some gifts for your loved once and yourself already, so you don’t have to stress so much closer to Christmas :)!

Herkku Food Market

Food,1 November 2018

Maksettu kaupallinen yhteistyö Food Market Herkun kanssa// Paid collaboration with Food Market Herkku

Before children, one of my favorite things to do was to “mall walk”. It’s something that became a habit of mine when I lived in Canada where I had to drive from one mall to another for school, grocery shopping, gym, shopping and etc. I rarely have the time to just “mall walk” nowadays, but instead, I sometimes treat myself with the luxury of grocery shopping all by myself. I love to browse through the shelves and get inspired from what I see and find most appealing.

My absolute favorite place for grocery shopping is Herkku at Stockmann. I always take visiting guests from abroad here, because it’s a pride to introduce this grocery store to people due to its cozy atmosphere and always so helpful and professional service.  It’s esthetically beautiful in a calming and inspiring way, but there are many more reasons for it to be my first choice. Especially now, when it’s remade into Finland’s first food Market: Food Market Herkku.

What I love the most about Food Market Herkku, is that it feels modern and takes our modern day needs into consideration. What I need and think I’m not alone with is a good selection of fresh choices that makes my cooking easier. I like to cook simple, fast and easy foods; therefore, I find it so important for the ingredients to be nice and fresh. Food Market Herkku displays in-season fruits and vegetables that helps me in my decision making. A “what’s in season” based diet has always been something I strongly believe in, not only because of the taste, but also from an environmental and health perspective. Perhaps our bodies feel better when we eat and fulfill our needs with what nature provides us with at that specific point of time? I also enjoy going for the easy way out and buy high quality pre-made foods. I want to be able to grab a fresh squeezed juice or smoothie on the go, buy Roman takeaway pizza straight from the oven or a pre-made Meals&Bites meal, while I enjoy a perfectly foamed cappuccino or stop for a plate of warm salmon soup at the bistro placed in the middle of the grocery store.

Nevertheless, is it important for me to opt to be a more responsible shopper. As I mentioned in another blog post earlier, I really try to step up the game when it comes to thinking more environmentally friendly in my daily choices. Food Market Herkku, feels like a great choice because it offers the widest selection of free weight vegetables and fruits that are not individually wrapped up in plastic. We can’t totally avoid buying plastic, but I try to minimize it especially when it’s made this easy. Food Market Herkku has also incorporated a Zero Waste department, where we can buy foods closer to its expiration date for a reduced price.

So, for all of you people who like food, feel inspired and happier in inviting and beautiful environments and need new ideas for your cooking’s or a lunch on the run, go for a little walk at the renewed Herkku. It’s if possible, upgraded to a completely new level.

Pictures by Juuli Rönkä